4. The Running Game
Whether or not Shane Vereen is available against the Detroit Lions, the New York Giants will need to establish the run. Eli Manning and the passing attack need to improve, but the running backs should be alleviating some measure of pressure.
With star guard Justin Pugh back on the field, the Giants’ running backs must be able to find the lanes he creates.
Detroit is No. 12 in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game, but it’s No. 21 in rushing yards allowed per attempt. Thus, the former appears to be more heavily influenced by a lack of rushing attempts than a dominance against the run.
New York shouldn’t force the issue, but it’d behoove the Giants to explore the possibility of winning this game by running the ball.
Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins are capable of running between the tackles and gaining positive yardage, but the proper balance needs to be found. Giants fans have been calling for Perkins to take over the No. 1 duties, and there could be some credence to that request.
Regardless of whom the Giants deem to be the No. 1 running back as the game progresses, the ball must advance on the ground.